For many years I had over 40 pieces of paper on my office wall that had quotations on them. Some sheets had multiple quotes, so I probably had anywhere from 50-60 total quotations on the wall. These sheets of paper were literally taped on the wall and I put them in a place where if I looked up from my desk, then I would see them. I wanted them where I could see them easily so that I could be reminded of the wisdom of the past that others, either in person or through books or articles, etc., had passed along to me. There is some biblical evidence of having some physical reminders in place to remind you of the Bible (see Deuteronomy 6:9, Proverbs 7:3, etc.). It’s a good thing to be reminded of the most important things in life. I actually have a quotation that has helped me to keep those quotations, and here it is: “Wise is he that learns from his own mistakes, but even wiser is the one that learns from the mistakes of others.” I wanted these quotes on my wall so I could prevent mistakes that others have made in the past, but also so I could improve and grow in holiness and in faithfulness to God, to my family, and to what He has called me to do.
Let me share with you one quote with you that has meant something to me:
“Sin is the enemy of pleasure” (“Pure Pleasure” book by Gary Thomas).
We often think that sin is the gateway to pleasure, but, in actuality, sin is the ENEMY of pleasure. Pursuing pleasure in a sinful way is actually the way of misery, not pleasure. We are certainly given by God many things to legitimately enjoy on this earth, but unless we pursue those pleasures in the ways that He has prescribed, our pursuit will be ultimately counterproductive to the goal of “pleasure.” I think that we often forget that God Created pleasure and that He intended for many things on this planet to be pleasurably enjoyed by us including sex, food, and friendships, so God is not against pleasure, but He is For pleasure. However, He only for pleasure in the ways which He has prescribed pleasure to operate. In other words, there are ways to wrongly enjoy or use pleasure, which, ultimately, won’t be pleasurable in the end. We must always remember that “Before you remove a fence, ponder first why it was put there.” We could fall into the trap of thinking that fences are “limiting” our freedom. We may look at a tall fence and be curious as to what’s on the other side and tempted to take it down. What we may not realize is that the fence was put there for our protection and so that we can enjoy the freedom within the fences. It is only within God-prescribed boundaries that we are able to enjoy our God-given desires to their fullest.
YOUR TURN (I’d love to hear from you!)
- What quotes or quotations (in the Bible, or otherwise) have been helpful to you in your life, and what do you think of the quote I’ve posted above?
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